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Most Americans don’t care to live near family, survey says

Proximity to in-laws, parents or siblings isn't a factor for most homebuyers.

By Kristin Wong Aug 27, 2013 4:44PM

Americans consider many factors when buying a home: square footage, crime rate and school district to name a few. Proximity to family is less important.

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According to a new Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Trulia, only 33 percent of adults with children say living close to family members is important. For adults without kids, it's even less important; only 29 percent of childless adults care to live near in-laws or parents.

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Deborah Carr, a sociology professor at Rutgers, told Marketwatch:

"Family members want intimacy at a distance. They want love and support from their kin, but they also want to maintain their independence and autonomy."

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Sep 4, 2013 12:42AM
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Need at least 1K miles to keep out the riff raff and keep the peace in.
Sep 4, 2013 12:09AM
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Hate to admit it, but glad some of my siblings moved away.  Have helped them financially and know I won't get it back.  But out of sight out of mind.  Because they would continue to drain from my daughter if they were in the area.
Sep 4, 2013 12:01AM
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My entire family lives all around me. we are a large family and love being close to each other, I grew up with all my cousins and my kids grew up with their cousins and now my grandkids growing up with their cousins, we get together for holidays, birthdays, special occasions, its the best thing ever , who wouldn't want to be by their family is missing out
Sep 3, 2013 11:17PM
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I agree - I couldn't move out of my wifes house fast enough.
Sep 3, 2013 9:32PM
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All of my family lives in the same rural area and I couldn't move away from them fast enough, and have managed to cut the most troublesome ones out entirely. What's funny is my wife is the opposite. She talks to her mother and two sisters on a daily basis, in constant communication via email/FB. So now when we're with her family for holidays or events, it's total culture shock for me. "Why aren't you people fighting???"
Sep 3, 2013 9:22PM
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I lost my parents at a very young age and my sister and brother moved out of state.  I am married with two children and 4 grandchildren now and I really wish my kids and grandchildren knew my family better.  I also wish that my kids knew my nieces and nephews better.  I would love to be able to hug and kiss my siblings grandchildren too. We all keep in touch through the internet, but it is not the same.   I miss family.

Sep 3, 2013 8:57PM
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We can choose your friends, but not your family which is the problem.

I live just about 2 miles from my sister, but because we are so different and I do not understand her behavior, which can be quite negative at times, I choose not to have much contact with her.  I see her about 2 or 3 times a year total which is fine with me!
Sep 3, 2013 8:27PM
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There's a reason why Alistair Crowley once famously said..

"The family is public enemy #1."

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